By Todd Palmatier

The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball programs have come to an end, as both of them lost to Sherman Wildcats. The girls lost in the quarterfinals at Sherman. The team was led by sophomore Marissa Hamilton and junior Kara Conroy. Eighth grader Evelyn Cortez, who was moved up to varsity for playoffs, chipped in 10 points in her first game at the varsity level. The team is graduating seniors Michaela Pierce, Becca Golley, Julia Schwartz, Liz Wendel and Chantel Perez. The team has a promising future ahead of them and is returning a core group of starters!

The boys fared a little better making it to the Section 6 Class D semifinals at JCC. It was a close game for the first half of the game, but in the end, Sherman was too much for the Eagles as they pulled away to the victory. Sherman is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class D boys’ basketball. The boys beat Pine Valley for the third time this year to advance to the semis but just could not match up. The team is losing seniors Cameron Wilson, Dylan Paprocki, Tanner Gregory, Cory Tomblin and John Alzate. This team too looks for promise as it returns a core of its younger players — Tommy Easton, Phalla Musall and Cole Lapi.

The ECS alpine ski team and Courtney Scanlon are off to States this weekend! Good Luck, ECS!

Don’t forget ECLV Little League signups! Come on out and play some baseball and softball!

ECS youth basketball has come to a close as well, and the kids had a great season. The third and fourth graders finished with victories over Salamanca’s teams, as did the fifth and sixth grade boys. The fifth and sixth grade girls also finished their first season with strong wins over Salamanca. The kids would like to thank Dawn Rowland and Shana Chudy for all of their dedication and hard work this season!